What I’m Working On…

Before I get to what I was busy with over the last week in the quilting department, I’m hoping that one of you might be able to help a fellow blog reader.

She wrote:
Jo Kramer…I am a blog follower and am searching for a pattern for this quilt top.  It was one of my sister’s legacies that we are trying to preserve.  She has been gone from us for 5 years.  I have been quilting for a long time, but don’t recognize it.  Is there any possibility that you would, with your long history of scrap quilting?  Would sincerely appreciate your help.
Thanks in advance.  Nancy Schulz  wnschulz@sti.net


Does anyone know the name of this pattern?  Please leave a comment here in the comment section if you do, or you can email Nancy directly.  Thanks so much.

Now to today’s post.  I didn’t get much done this week in the sewing department…well, I did but I didn’t.  I already told you about Anders quilt.  I got it bound and showed it off earlier in the week.  HERE is a link if you missed that.


I put a few stitches into …the Frolic UFO a blog reader sent to me.  It all got thrown into a pile when I needed the machine to bind Anders’ quilt and then patch a pair of jeans for Buck when he was home over the weekend.


Speaking of kids.  My adult kids were home this weekend except for my daughter, Kelli.  She had to work the weekend overnight shift at the hospital.  She’s a nurse.  I offered to take Georgia my granddaughter so she could have cousin time.  So…eight grandkids were here in some type of combination from Friday night to this morning as I write as Georgie got to stay over TWO nights with Grandma.  She was so excited.

I’m writing this Sunday evening and our deal is that if she is good and lets me write this blog post, I will go watch a movie with her before bedtime.  She said she would leave me alone so I could write…we’ll see how she does.

The main thing I worked on was this…and I didn’t even do a lot with it.  This is one of my UFO quilts.  This is the center of Virginia Bound.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt and can be found in the book Scraps and Shirttails book one.  HERE is an Amazon link for the book.  Georgie is posing with the quilt.


I’ve had this made for some time but never finished.  The finishing idea in the book didn’t strike my fancy so I’ve wanted to come up with something else.  I had seen someone applique a border for the outside and I really liked it.  For the longest time, that was my plan.

Then not to long ago, my daughter Kalissa’s husband Craig who is Anders’ dad, said, “Where’s my quilt?”.  The three boys in their family and Kalissa all have a quilt made from shirts that has alphabet letters around the outside.  He was teasing me but I decided this is going to be his quilt.  I’m going to put his name made with my wonky letters around the outside along with a few freeform quilt blocks.  I think it’s the perfect way to finish off this quilt.  I’m so happy I finally have a plan for the UFO.  Maybe after all of these years, I’m finally going to get this finished.

Being I haven’t cleaned up the mess from Anders’ quilt, I’m going to jump right in and work on this.  I need to make the letters for Craig’s name.  I’m just doing first and middle I think.  For some reason I started with his middle name and have “Alexander” done now.


While I was stitching on these I made a Youtube video, “Sew with Jo”….you can watch it by clicking the play button below or you can go to Youtube HERE, save the video and watch it on your television or on your device later.

Rosie is showing off the quilt I was working on.  I’m glad to be back to making regular Sew with Jo videos again.  When I was working on Anders’ quilt, my video time was mostly regarding that quilt.  Hopefully, I’ll be doing regular videos more often now.  Thanks so much to those of you who have already watched and left such great comments.  I really appreciate that.  It makes me want to do more videos.

That’s all I have for you.  Georgia has been about as good as Georgie gets.  I’m going to tell you the story of her going skating in an upcoming blog post.  It’s a typically Georgie story that I’m sure will give you a good laugh.  I’m saving that story for tomorrow.

15 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. Always love your posts and videos Jo. Amazing how much you squeeze into each day – I’m beginning to think Iowa time is different – 28 hours a day maybe? Great idea for Craig’s quilt, he will be thrilled ( or as we say in England “chuffed”! ). Off to watch the video now. Georgie sounds a character and a half, I bet she keeps you all on your toes. I think that sort of determination and spunk is even more of an asset in today’s world. Go Georgia!

  2. The quilt looks similar to Bonnie Hunter’s free pattern “Pineapple Blossom”
    I watched your video yesterday, Jo, and enjoyed it. Craig is going to love the quilt!

  3. Judith Fairchild

    I have several long overdue quilts that I want to get finished. Your quilt today is the push I needed thanks. Gogia is as sweet as can be.

  4. Craig is getting a great looking quilt. I can tell the letters are great and of course, looking forward to your finished quilt. Sweet little Georgie makes the quilt look even better – she is a so cute!

  5. On Craig’s quilting video, you mentioned a part of the shirt that had a funky smell…do you not wash the shirts before using?

  6. The quilt pattern isn’t exactly like Bonnie’s Pineapple Blossom, Kim Brackett’s Nova, or Ribbon Stars. I think the narrower long strips in the center of each big star are sashing units. The main block is seen in the lower right corner of the quilt, made of four smaller units. In these units, the center square and the matching corner triangle have the same side length, and are larger than the surrounding strips and their HST points. That corner triangle was probably made by the “covered corner” method, from a square cut the same size as the center square.

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